Rochester restaurant encounters sign police

RochesterJune 27, 2014 

A few weeks ago a state highway worker stopped by to inform our restaurant in Rochester that our sign was in their right of way. He explained that the state owned 40 feet from the center line of the road and that our sign, which had been out there for six years was in violation of this rule.

I don’t think that this is right because 40 feet would put them into the building itself and the building was there long before Highway 12. He also advised us that we could advertise on a state sign which we can’t do because we aren’t open enough hours to qualify for their sign.

We moved the sign onto some grass the other side of our parking lot where it isn’t as noticeable so we aren’t getting as many folks coming in. We also have a pole with a restaurant flag on it. The sign police told my boss that the flag violated their air space. Don’t they have better things to do with their time and the state’s money?

I heard some crazy stories about some of the stunts that government has pulled but this is the first one I was there for.

Bonnie Lindsey

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